Just a few short days after sharing the track via SoundCloud, Yasiin Bey is back with the official visual accompaniment to his track “Basquiat Ghostwriter.” Inspired by both the late neo-expressionist and the unfortunate instances of police brutality that continue to dominate headlines in the United States, the track’s A Country Called Earth-directed visuals compile stylish black and white negatives of Basquiat at work and pair the footage with video game b-roll and shots of Bey himself recording the cut in the studio. Said Bey of the piece:
Good tidings in this season of the lion. Black August action.
Peace. Happy Wednesday morning. In commemoration of the birth week of one Marcus Garvey, herein is an arrangement of visuals for the sonic composition “Basquiat Ghostwriter”, directed and produced by A Country Called Earth. Special thanks to I. Attallihi, J. Cuba and S. bin Sharifu.
FREE THE LAND. We are already in outer space. The local time is always now. Free Shmurda. If you are reading this, you are already reading. We appreciateyuh.
Negus. Eternal pedigree. Noble Empire. So real. Surreal.
L T P F J. peace.
– Yasiin Bey